Nelson - In Praise of Football


“The title of writer Gregg Easterbrook’s new book states its theme: The King of Sports. “King” is the right word, and no mere figurehead. Super Bowls are Roman numeralized in the manner of monarchs and popes. Super Bowl Sunday has become a de facto national holiday.”

Football was not always the game it is today. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries there were calls for the game to be abolished, with some colleges actually eliminating it, and President Roosevelt telling summoned delegates from Harvard, Princeton, and Yale in 1905 that “football is on trial.”

Professor Nelson goes on to tell how the game of football changed and became the game it is today – embodying “the very virtues Theodore Roosevelt was so eager to promote by saving football from itself a century ago.”

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